Kathryn Albright grew up in southern California where she sets many of her sweet western romances. A Golden Heart finalist and recipient of the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, she writes historical romance that celebrates courage and hope against all odds with a dash of adventure.
Her enjoyment of historical romantic fiction began as a teenager when she was given the novel Ramona ~ set in southern California after the Mexican-American War. A few thousand books later, she still enjoys reading romance set in the past. (She also loves fairy tales and all things Disney.)
Kathryn's past includes careers as a nurse and an obstetrical sonographer where daily she witnessed many "happy ever afters" and miracles.
Kathryn's latest western historical romances for Harlequin are "sweet" although her earlier stories were not. Please check her website if you are wondering what brought on the change ~ Why Sweet?
Along with her writing, Kathryn also judges for the Romance Writers of America Rita contest for published writers and the Wisconsin Romance Writers FabFive contest for unpublished writers.
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Gloria Palmer has always done the proper thing expected of her as the daughter of a shipping tycoon. The approval of her family and friends mean everything. And yet, when the perfect suitor offers for her… she hesitates.
Colin McDougal has little use for those living on the fancy side of the trolley tracks. He is too busy managing the family pub and, in his spare time, writing down the lively tunes in his head. So, when Miss Palmer asks for his help to prepare for a music audition, he is flummoxed. What does he know of highbrow music?
But with each practice session, their feelings for each other grow. When it comes time for Gloria to make a choice between what is proper and what she desires, will she realize that if music can cross class lines, it might also be able to harmonize two hearts.
He blew out a long breath. “What’s in it for me?”
She frowned. She wasn’t used to being addressed in such a way or, for that matter, talking about money. It was…inappropriate for a woman of her station to concern herself with such things. “You’ll be well paid for your time. Just like yesterday.”
His gaze never left hers. “Fair enough. What changed between yesterday and today?”
“Nothing changed but my mind.”
“There’s more to it than that. If I’m going to do this, you have to be honest with me.”
She closed her eyes and inhaled through her nose, drawing on her own strength. When she opened them, she focused on her gloved hands. “My father reminded me—quite vehemently—that a Palmer doesn’t give up. Ever. He also reminded me that I have five weeks and I had better use every one of them.”
“So, it is about his pride? Family pride?”
She hated to think of it like that, however by all appearances, it looked to be the case. She nodded. “I believe so.”
He sat back. “All right then. I know something about that.”
She breathed a little easier. Had they reached common ground?
“What happens if you don’t win? What then?”
The animosity in his eyes had lessened, replaced by something else…curiosity? “Then I will accept George Welbourne’s offer of marriage. We are practically engaged now as it is. I only need to satisfy my father’s wishes to wait until after the audition to give him my answer.”
He didn’t reply for the longest time, and then suddenly he drummed his fingers on the marred tabletop. “How many hours are we talking about?”
Hope started to buzz in her chest. Up until that moment, she had expected him to decline her offer, but he was actually considering it! “As many as you can afford.”
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